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His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit France in June

April 29, 2009

By Tenam
Phayul
April 28, 2009

Paris 27 April -- In a visit that is likely to
raise the political temperature between Paris and
Beijing, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be
arriving in France for a two-day, 6-7 June, visit to the French capital.

It is expected that His Holiness the Dalai Lama
will also be officially presented with the
Citizen of Honour, a legislation that the Paris City had passed in April 2008.

After the mass protest against the Beijing torch
relay in Paris, France has been the target of
government and nationalist scorn in China. French
supermarket chain Carefour came under increasing
calls for boycott. President Sarkozy sent a
delegation of high level French officials led by
former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin to
China. It has been widely reported that the
Speaker of the French National Assembly was sent
by President Sarkozy to China with an invitation
for Chinese president Hu Jintao to visit France.

Before the G 20 meeting in London, a joint
communique by the French foreign ministry and
China on 1 April, declared that France does not
"support any form of Tibet's independence," which
is credited with the eventual meeting between Sarkozy and Hu Jintao in London.

The Tibet Group in the French Senate said in
response that the Tibet issue cannot be
considered an internal issue of China and that
the Tibetan cause is very important and sensitive
to the French people and their elected officials.
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